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Kiwi Coll wins world squash monthly honour

NZ Newswire logoNZ Newswire 4/01/2017

New Zealander Paul Coll has been handed a timely New Year's boost, being named player of the month for December by the world squash governing body.

Coll won the biggest tournament of his career when going on giant-killing run at the Channel VAS Championship in England.

That performance, which lifted the 24-year-old to 20th in the world rankings, was enough to see him handed a monthly honour by the Professional Squash Association.

Coll is the first Kiwi male to be ranked in the world top-20 since former world champion Ross Norman retired in 1995.

Making the month even sweeter for Coll was his partner, Belgian player Nele Gilis, being named women's player of the month.

World No.38 Gilis won a lower-tiered tournament in France, the 20-year-old beating New Zealander Amanda Landers-Murphy in the final.

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